A Californian and a New Yorker were applying for an
engineering job in Los Angeles. Both resumes showed the
same qualifications, and both had interviewed equally as
well. The HR Executive decided to give them a test to see
who the best candidate was.

After reviewing the tests, the hiring manager went to the
Californian to inform him he would not get the position.
“But I am very well qualified,” said the Californian.

“Yes, you are,” replied the HR Executive. “In fact, of the two
candidates we reviewed from the hundreds of resumes, you
and the other gentleman had very similar work history and
qualification. In fact, you both missed only one question on
the 100-question pre-employment test.

“Wait a minute,” begged the Californian. “If we both are
equally qualified, and both only missed one question on the
test should not the job go to me? After all, I am a life-long
resident of Los Angeles.”

The manager remained patient and confirmed, “the company
does have loyalties to local residents and after all if it weren’t
for the locals the company would have ceased to exist long
ago.”

“Then why are you taking the New Yorker over me?” the
Californian asked.

“It is the test.”

“But you said we both missed just one question.”

“That’s right. You both missed question 23,” affirmed the HR
Executive.

“If it was the same question that we both missed I should get
the job,” said the Angelino.

“Well,” the HR Executive said, “It is how you missed it. The
New Yorker answered ‘I don’t know’. You wrote . . . . ”

What did the Californian answer to lose the position?

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